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Farrer & Co | Deborah Pennington, Partner

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Debbie advises UK and international clients in relation to their estate and tax planning affairs. She regularly advises on asset holding structures such as trusts and companies and has particular expertise in the taxation of UK residential property and structures where there are UK resident beneficiaries and beneficial owners. 

Debbie is a Partner in the Private Client team at Farrer & Co. She advises a broad range of clients including individuals, trustees and family offices. Debbie's work regularly has an international element and her clients are based in many jurisdictions around the world.  

In a fast-moving and increasingly transparent world, Debbie has expertise in advising clients on the most appropriate structures to hold assets, taking account of personal and family circumstances, risk, tax and confidentiality concerns. She routinely works with trustees in relation to high-value non-UK trusts, advising on the balance of power and control between the trustee and family members, the impact of new transparency regimes such as the common reporting standard, and tax considerations arising from the residence positions of beneficiaries and the location of trust assets. 

Debbie has significant expertise in advising on UK tax as it applies to non-domiciled UK resident individuals, both on personal assets and also the extensive UK rules relating to the taxation of UK resident settlers and beneficiaries of non-UK trusts. She also has considerable experience in liaising with foreign tax advisers and co-ordinating tax advice worldwide, including in the US, France, Switzerland and Australia. 

Further to the recent extensive changes to the taxation of UK residential property, Debbie is heavily involved in advising trustees and family offices in relation to the UK tax implications of the use of non-UK structures to acquire and hold UK property. She co-ordinates the work with our Residential Property team to provide a seamless service. 

Much of Debbie’s work involves project management and ensuring that professionals and clients worldwide work together to meet deadlines and ensure that matters run smoothly notwithstanding complicated family circumstances and competing priorities in different jurisdictions. She is able to push matters forwards quickly, taking on board the complexities of the local tax laws and arriving at practical and effective recommendations.

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